Hair Care – The Natural Way

Caring for those beautiful curls can be somewhat difficult if you don’t know where to start…

Lucky for us, we have two amazing stylists (Melodie & Krystal) that not only have natural hair themselves but have mastered their technique in helping others style and care for their beautiful do’s.

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First things first – MAINTENANCE:

As you may have guessed, how you care for your hair is extremely important! You don’t always need the most expensive products but you need to have quality products that “vibe” with your hair.

There are different types of curls out there, so not all products are going to work with every curl. Depending on how you like to style your hair from day to day can also determine which products are best for you.

BEST BASIC PRODUCTS TO HAVE ON HAND…

1) Leave In Moisturizer – To keep that frizz at bay, a leave in moisturizer will help calm those fly always and make your hair more manageable.

2) Oil – Another frizz reducer, oil will also give your hair a high shine look.

3) Cream/Gel – Based on the density of your hair, whether it’s fine, medium or thick, a cream or gel product will give your hair the hold you need to style your however you like.

When combing these products together, your locking in the moisture which will help your hair last longer between washes. A great way to remember these products is referring to them as the L.O.C Method.

L – Leave in

O – Oil

C – Cream (or gel if you like that better)

 

Here is a great video explaining the L.O.C method from softsheencarson youtube channel, which includes Dark & Lovely Au Naturale Products.

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Home Remedies

Hair masques are a huge part of your beauty routine. (If it isn’t, you need to add it to your list of priorities!) Shampoos and conditioners are great and help your hair in so many ways but they will never compare to the greatness that an amazing masque can do for you hair. A hair masque typically contains more potent nourishing components that penetrate your hair even deeper than a conditioner can.

There are so many masques on the shelves, it’s hard to determine what is best for your hair and what you will like. Ready-made masques are most defiantly the easiest way to go but they can get a little pricey depending on the product. I have many masques on my list that are absolutely amazing, including Eufora’s Beautifying Elixirs Moisture Masque. It contains Eufora’s Damage Control Complex, which is an ultra rich treatment that restores the hair.

When your looking to save money, there are some common household items that can turn your hair from drab to fab in 20 minutes! You can combine items to create a do-all type masque or create more unique treatments for one condition.

Eggs Whites & Egg Yolks. Amazingly, eggs are one of the best home remedies for all hair types. Eggs are full of great vitamins that protect your hair from heat and the environment. There have been studies that also show that using an egg hair masque will contribute to the prevention of hair loss or thinning. Eggs will make your hair more manageable, silkier, softer and less frizzy.

Honey. If you happen to have hair that suffers from sun damage, then honey is the best option for you. Honey has is a natural humectant and this means that moisture is drawn to it and it locks that moisture in.

Kefir. Many people may not know what kefir is, kefir is a product made from fermenting milk. Weird, right? Because it has a thicker consistency to it, it creates a perfect hair masque for anyone that has extremely bad breakage. It helps protect your hair from breaking off after any damage and prolonged usages helps protect your hair from furniture breakage.

Sour Cream & Plain Yogurt. When you spend a lot of time outside, you may not realize that the environment may be causes damage to you hair leaving it very dull. The sun is a big one! Those UV rays are not friends with your hair! Adding sour cream or plain yogurt to your masque will help strip away all the impurities and toxins from you hair.

Baking Soda. If your like me, then you love your hairspray and texturing spray. Those two products are the most amazing products that you can have in your collection! (I may be a little bias.) However, when you use a ton of products in your hair you can create buildup, which leaves your hair feeling grimy. Baking soda is a great way to clarify your hair. We recommend to clarify your hair at least once a month to keep your hair clean.

Cornstarch. Now, using cornstarch can be a little tricky because it can be very difficult. When its used properly, it also acts like a clarifying agent. It strips everything and anything in your hair. You may not want to use it very often because it can be abrasive. If you suffer from oily scalp, cornstarch is a great way to neutralize it.

Lemon Juice. There are so many uses for lemon juice! One use would be that it relieves an itchy scalp. When you use lemon juice, you want to make sure to pair with something a little thicker (like an egg!) to protect your “new” skin.

Beer. AAAAHHH! I know you’re thinking, WHAT! But its true, beer is a good addictive to your hair home remedies. Its great for limp or fine hair. It thickens and plumps up your hair strand giving you a voluminous look.

Tea Tree. Many professional products use tea tree in their products. It has many benefits and it’s usually prescribed for clients that suffer from dandruff or psoriasis. The mint helps calm an irritated scalp and clarify the toxins off your scalp. It’s also considered and antiseptic and its a great brush cleaner.

Avocado Oil. Did you know that when your hair is dry, it becomes a static mess? Avocado oil is perfect solution! It contains many moisturizing components to it and also has vitamin A, which also helps reduce dryness.

Castor Oil. Your probably thinking, really? Castor oil, no. But its true! Castor oil is great if you have a lot of dandruff and very dull hair. It soothes and smooths your hair.

Olive Oil. There are quite of bit of professional products that contain olive oil because its a great product that helps keep all those pesky split ends at bay. Now, it’s a myth that you can mend split ends back together but olive oil will help your from splitting more.

Flax Oil. Who likes their natural hair color, unless your white blonde? No one, that’s who! When you color your hair there will be some chemical damage to your hair because your opening up your hair cuticle. Flax oil would be an amazing additive to your treatment because it helps repair extremely damaged hair and chemical damages.

 

 

Are professional products and services really worth the cost?

Many of our clients ask us if there is a real difference between buying products, such as shampoos, conditioners and styling aids from a salon or buying them from the grocery store. Our answer is always yes, there is a huge difference!

Really getting to know your hair is the best way to determine what kind of products are best for you. You need to know the style that you desire and understand your hair texture. Not all products are meant for the same type of hair or the style.

When your buying quality products, they are going to cost more because the company is putting more money into the science and technology of the product as well as the ingredients that go into the products. Not saying that all ingredients in professional hair care products are the best or even good for you and your hair, however they are typically of a higher quality. I tell clients, you get what you pay for… Don’t buy a Ford and expect the same luxury that a Bentley will have.

You may have always heard that you shouldn’t buy professional products from a grocery store or a big box store because the product may be diluted or of low quality. That really isn’t the case anymore, more and more brands are trying to expand and sell their products in more stores. However, you should proceed with caution and double check with the company’s website to make sure that the retailer has rights to sell those products.

Can you perform your own color services in your home with color you purchased during your weekly grocery shopping trip. Of course you can but is it worth it? The box of color you just purchased may have only cost you about $10 but you could end paying hundreds of dollars trying to fix the damage that that color has caused your hair. When you use professional color and products, your more likely to achieve your desired look with less damage. After spending all that money on your color at the salon, you want your color to last and stay vibrant. To ensure the life of your freshly-colored hair, you want to make sure that you have color-safe products. You will truly notice a difference between products when you switch a quality products!

It is always important to do your research on any products that you might be interested in purchasing because you want to make an informed decision and you want to really understand what your putting on your hair and body.

This is an example of you hair with different kinds of shampoos after so many washes.

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So Cool by the Pool!

There’s no better way to cool off than sitting poolside with an ice cold glass of lemonade. Many of us find ourselves spending a lot of time at the nearest pool to get a golden tan and take a cooling dip in the pool. Did you know that those chlorine and chemically treated pools could be causing your hair to be become damaged?

Of course, it wont become damaged after one visit but regular exposure to chlorinated water can cause significant damage to those beautiful tresses. Chlorine is a disinfectant that breaks down and removes dirt, oils and bacteria from the pools, which helps the water stay clear and clean. 

Your scalp produces natural oils, prolonged exposure to chlorine strips your hair of all those natural oils. This will cause your hair to feel dry and become frizzy.

Min-Ja Lee with ABCNews wrote an interesting article about keeping your hair, skin and bathing suit free of chlorine damage. It gives you home remedies to get rid of that green tint and maintain silky hair while swimming. Here’s a link to the article, How to Keep Chlorine From Wrecking Your Hair, Skin and Swimsuit.

Thick braids

Not everyone has fabulous, thick locks. Actually, most of us don’t.

A lot of times our clients that come in for up dos tell us they love the inspirations, but that their hair is too fine for the braided look. They usually turn up thin, lacking the visual impact of what they see on the models.

Well, it’s actually surprisingly easy to give your braids a thicker look. All you need to do is to pull the outer sides of the braid to thicken it up, prior to adding your bobby pin or hair band.

We found it on Elizabethany.com, who shared not only how much difference it makes, when you thicken up your braids (called pancaking), versus when you don’t.

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Check out here how to achieve this look, and a bonus video as well!

 

Hairstyles for Brides

Summer time is a big time for outdoor weddings.

Most brides we get around this time of the year decide to skip the veil altogether. Some like the freedom of not wearing one, others just like the boho feel that cascading waves free of accessories have.

A lot of our brides, though, love accessories. They want the accessory to be the real star of the show. We’ve seen beautifully crafted pins, combs and even birdcage veils on our last weddings.

Some are skeptical of how formal a hairstyle will be if you skip a veil, but I tell you brides still achieve a very formal look without the veil. We’ve scouted Pinterest to find beautiful dos that do not require a veil to share with you today.

Depending on the style of your wedding, you may want to consider a few options:

 

– Combs:

Big or small, they add something extra to the overall look. We’ve seen them in many ways – around buns, on french twists, on a side do. They bring the style together and add the “bling” when there’s no veil.

 

– Hair pins:

They can be of various shapes. Some of our brides like small flowers or pearls, that aren’t apparent, but provide a nice surprise when a guest truly looks at the style. They add the extra, but don’t steal the show from the updo itself.

 

– Headbands:

We’ve seen many flower headbands (crowns) that amp up the boho vibe of a gown. We’ve seen small ones that are incorporated into a do, and one of our favorites – intricate, pieces of art that go over the style, bringing out a regal vibe to the look.

 

– Bejeweled gowns:

Many gowns have jewel details. They can be as big as the whole shoulder piece, or a big detail on the gown. Some have flowers and lace as straps. When you have a busy gown, the idea is that you should stay away from too many accessories on your head.

We highly recommend a style that will either use small pins, or nothing at all. The exception is when the gown’s details are mostly located in the front. When that happens, you can definitely add some bling, or even flower details to the back of your hair.

We found this great image that combines most styles discussed. I love how it shows the different nuances that accessories can have. How similar styles can be played to be boho, modern, or romantic.

 

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What do you think? Which style of accessory are you most likely to go for?

 

 

Overnight No-heat Curls

We know not everyone owns a curling wand or different sized barrels to curl their hair.

We also know that some of our clients are against the idea of using too much heat on their hair. So it was fun to find this great tutorial by Kayley Melissa.

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She is super talented, young, and took this tutorial to another level.

We’ve seen this being done with a strechy headband, but sometimes curls would end up too small, and it was hard to keep it at place while you slept.

We really liked her take on it. It’s super easy, and anyone can do it!

If you decide to try it, let us know!

 

And don’t forget to visit her website and be in on every tutorial/ hairstyle she does.

The Gray Comeback

I don’t know about you, but we’ve seen a huge peak in clients embracing their gray strands.

We can attribute it, in part, by power women, such as Meryl Streep, who rocked her gray roots on the movie Devil Wears Prada. That’s the one that stands out the most to us.

But recently, we’ve seen it popping in every fashion spread, popping on every pinterest board, and, like we said, we see even our clients wanting to partake into it.

Why do you think this is?

Well, most people think it’s super easy to maintain. And granted, if you’re embracing your natural roots, it does get easier (once all that dyed hair grows out). The process, however, is a bit more complicated.

To make the transition as smooth as possible, Mary shares a couple of options on how to embrace your grays:

– Some clients decide to let it grow about 2-3 inches before coming in. When they do walk in, they want to just chop it all off and rock a pixie (such as the one Jamie Lee Curtis has on the bottom of the page). That ensures that the hair stays all gray, with no worries about roots.

– Other clients can’t stand the thought of walking around with roots. For them, we recommend a Semi-permanent color. It will cover the gray, but it will all wash away gradually. For women with governmental jobs, or ones that require their hair to always be done, that is the best option.

– The last option is to embrace the transition. That seems to be the one most of our clients turn to. They come in, and get a shorter cut. Still not short enough to get rid of all the color, but they start slow, and wait for the gray to come we call it the gray ombre.

 

A lot of young adults are actually trying to achieve gray in a salon. If you want to, just bear in mind that gray is a tricky color. A lot of stylists say that it takes a couple of washes for the color to show the exact gray the client wants. It’s not for the low key clients, because it requires a lot of maintenance.

The gray is notorious for the fading. And you have to make sure to use the right products, because anything that deposits any color (such as purple shampoos for blondes) will change the appearance of the gray. (Users of purple shampoos say their strands get more of a lavender hue).

Still on the fence? Here are a couple of pictures we found on pinterest of this “new” style.

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What do you say? Is gray making its comeback?

 

Oscars 2015 looks

Most of you probably have seen pictures of all the stars strutting their best at the Oscar’s red carpet, but we thought we’d bring you the highlights in terms of hair/makeup.

We love to see how some starts stay true to their style, while others love to push the envelope with their looks.

Here are some of the hair trends from the Oscars:

 

– Ponytails:

We saw starts like Jennifer Lopez, Dakota Johnson rocking a chic, but simple ponytail. They let their gowns and makeup be the highlight of the night.

 

– Undone Updos

We can’t comment on this style without mentioning the beautiful and talented Emma Stone. She stood out for us on the carpet. Both her gown and her up-do were sensational. Anna Kendrick looked stunning, as well as new mom Zoe Saldana.

 

– Slicked Do’s

This hairstyle is definitely not for everybody. There are always mixed reviews on whether this is a flattering look, or not. But we saw some power names rocking it, such as Gwyneth Paltrow and Scarlet Johansson.

 

– Blow-outs

We love women that can rock out just a simple, but elegant blowout. And some of them definitely did: Viola Davis, Jennifer Aniston, Keira Knightly, Nicole Kidman, to name a few. The reviews on their looks was amazing too. It just goes to show that sometimes less is more. And we can say that none of this ladies looked under-dressed compared the other attendees.

 

Check out all the amazing hairstyles here and let us know which one is your favorite! Next we will touch on some of the best makeup moments at the Oscars.

Messy Hair

We were just talking this week in the salon about hair habits. And we discussed how most french women do not apply heat in their hair. They try to wash it mainly at night, so by the morning, it’ll be filled with personality, waves and body.

Well, it turns out that not everybody can just wake up with the “perfect messy hair”, because naturally there are high expectations when it comes to messy hair too.

This tousled look is getting bigger, especially for short to medium hair lengths. It adds body and texture, and it’s perfect for fine hair-ed gals.

Cara, from the blog Maskcara teaches us how to accomplish the perfect messy hair look – one she calls Perfect ” I don’t care” party look. Click on the image bellow and learn how to accomplish it for yourself!

 

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